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Budget Policy and Presentation Assistant Apprentice HM Treasury

We are looking for One Business Administrator Apprentice to join our friendly team. The Budget and Finance Bill team is a friendly and supportive team, which sits at the centre of the Treasury and is responsible for delivering the department’s policy objectives through leading the Budget process.

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Closing date: 05 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £21,550.00 - £24,300.00

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday (shifts TBC- flexible hours)

    Total hours per week: 42.00

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    28 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    6 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This is an opportunity to work at the heart of the Budget, and within an encouraging, inclusive and collaborative team. SPB works closely with Ministers and their offices, and the post holder will also work with teams across the department, gaining an insight into the whole spectrum of Treasury policy making.

The post-holder will work across the policy and presentation branches of the team, and so will gain an excellent overview of how policy decisions are taken, as well as playing a key role in contributing to the Budget documents. This is a challenging, fast-paced post that comes with responsibility and a high degree of autonomy. This post provides a real opportunity for a results -  oriented individual looking to improve their understanding of the policy making process and be involved in Budget delivery.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead the Fiscal Event Database (FED) and maintain oversight of all live policy measures. Using the FED – the foundation of HMT’s Budget process – the role holder will scrutinise policy entries on the FED, provide ad hoc and timely updates on FED data, work closely with the software provider to ensure the FED runs reliably and responds to user needs, maintain a relationship with HMRC to ensure consistency of information, and ensure the database maintains the accurate permission levels and security. Building relationships across the department to ensure good understanding and engagement with the FED system – this may include providing training sessions to convey how important it is to our processes and how people should use it. Act as a key point of contact on the FED for the department and ministerial private offices. Provide guidance on using the FED to private offices and answer queries as they arise
  • Develop the FED. The FED is an ever-evolving system, and in between fiscal events a key role for the postholder is to engage with team and departmental partners to identify how the FED can be improved to better support the Budget process, and work with our technical partners to put the improvements into practice
  • Act as Editorial Assistant for the main Budget and Spring Statement documents, leading on the charts and tables process. Build effective relationships with authors, communicating regularly with charts and tables leads to ensure that charts and tables are produced to a high standard and to deadline
  • Produce and edit the ‘Data Sources’ supplementary document which sets out key sources of data referred to in the main documents, working with policy officials and the HMT Head of Statistics
  • Work with others in the team to review and share Budget representations (e.g letters/emails) from external stakeholders with relevant teams
  • Run the Budget & Finance Bill team’s intranet presence – including responsibility for building and managing fiscal event intranet pages, an important aspect of the team’s profile and communication with the rest of the Treasury
  • Support the wider SPB Budget team on Budget processes in the run up to fiscal events and provide flexible resource to cover pressure points during fiscal events. The ability to understand and scrutinise databases would be a bonus but not essential

For the right candidate there may be opportunities to become more involved in the wider policy side of the team’s work. During the months outside of fiscal event preparation there could be the opportunity to take forward short-term policy or corporate projects.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Delivering at pace – Take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks, and manage priorities and time in order to successfully meet deadlines. Make suggestions for improvements to working practice, showing understanding of implications beyond the immediate environment
  • Working together – Build strong relationships with a range of stakeholders and use these relationships to help deliver your priorities. Work collaboratively and openly to support a joined up team and positive team spirit
  • Communicating and influencing – Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner, choosing appropriate styles and channels to maximise understanding and impact. Share information as appropriate and check understanding
  • Developing self and others – Reflect on own work, continuously seek and act on feedback to improve own and team’s performance. Ensure development objectives are set and achieved to address any gaps and enable delivery of current and future work

Personal qualities

  • Making effective decisions
  • Working together
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace

Desired qualifications

  • 5 GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including maths and English or equivalent

Future prospects

  • There may be a chance for progression on completion.

Things to consider

Benefits will include:

  • 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant). Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month
  • Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours) and arrangements
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave packages
  • Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions
  • Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme and season ticket advances
  • A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes 7
  • A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)
  • Long hours can sometimes be required in the period immediately before a Budget. However, SPB is committed to promoting work-life balance and actively manages flexible working practices to balance hours over the course of the year

About the employer

About the HM Treasury:

If you’re interested in making a difference to people’s lives across the country, the Treasury is the department for you! We sit at the centre of everything that the Government does and have provided advice on economic policy and decisions that affect the public finances throughout the country’s history. A Treasury career continues to offer an exciting opportunity to be part of the decision making that affects the whole of the UK.

Working at the heart of government, we collaborate with other departments to ensure public money is spent well and to drive strong and sustainable economic growth. Our work ranges from protecting customers through to the regulation of the financial sector, helping to reduce carbon emissions and creating a greener economy, supporting people across the country through the COVID 19 furlough scheme and Plan for Jobs as well as helping first time buyers buy their first home.

HM Treasury is proud of a diverse and inclusive work environment, committed to fairness and the promotion of equality of opportunity for all. We know that having a range of experiences, ways of working and thinking makes us a stronger organisation, better at developing policy that is reflective of the communities we serve. We embrace different views and experiences and value the fresh perspective that people from a variety of circumstances bring to the work we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have not previously worked for the Civil Service, mid- and late-career changers with transferrable skills, people from all backgrounds and circumstances regardless of disability, gender, age ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.

The Darlington Economic Campus is a pioneering new cross-government hub which will bring people together across departments and public organisations to play an active role in the most important issues of the day.

HM Treasury in Darlington will be joined by the Department for International Trade, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Office for National Statistics, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education.


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Babington Business College


Sandeep Beesla 07341566130

Full on-the-job training and support will be provided to enable the successful applicant to undertake the full range of duties required of the role.

All apprentices are required to complete and evidence 20% of the job learning whilst on their apprenticeship.

In addition, the apprenticeship will be delivered primarily on our online platform and you will receive full support from our dedicated team of Training Advisors via workshops, webinars and regularly scheduled reviews, conducted by Skype and/or Phone.

Our Business Administration Level 3 Programme consists of the following:

  • Business Administrator Level 3 Standard
  • Functional Skills in Literacy and Numeracy Level 2
  • End-point Assessment conducted by an external provider (Presentation or project, interview and knowledge test)

The end-point assessment is designed to enable apprentices to demonstrate that they are fully conversant in the skills knowledge and behaviours expected of individuals at this level.  It is designed to provide assessors with a holistic view of the apprentice, and to allow them to assess to what extent the apprentice meets or exceeds the apprenticeship standard.

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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